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Virtual Server 2005 R2 Creates Profitable Services For Solution Providers

Channel players have come to realize the benefits offered by virtualization, a technology that maximizes hardware value and brings portability to applications.

Virtualization brings extended opportunities to solution providers, the technology runs “guest” operating systems on a “host” machine and allows easy demos of products or tests of technologies or provides the foundation for transitioning from one operating system to another. But, both cost and remote access limitations have hobbled the technology at times.

Several software vendors are pitching their own products to the channel. Companies such as VMware, Parallels, XenSource and Virtual Iron have been battling for market share, while the 800 pound gorilla --Microsoft-- has watched from the sidelines, dabbling with virtualization products acquired with the purchase of Connectix.

As the virtualization market has heated up, Microsoft has steadily lowered the price of Virtual Server Enterprise Edition. Originally priced at $999, the price dropped in a matter of months to $199. With the release of Virtual Server Enterprise Edition R2, the price is now naught! Some may wonder why Microsoft would do such a thing, the simple answer is to gain market share and add value to Microsoft’s operating systems (still needed as the host OSes).

Now that Virtual Server R2 is available as a free download, all that is needed to get the product is a valid Microsoft Passport account. What’s more, Microsoft now offers support for Linux with Virtual Server Enterprise Edition R2 and is touting the products ability to consolidate hardware and operating systems.

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